Sporadic Happiness (in Japan!)

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#24 Mad Men

on May 16, 2012

Chances are you’ve heard of this show.

It’s been around for a while. Currently they’re in the middle of their 5th season.

I started watching this show back in the US, and thought it was amazing. I had stopped somewhere in the 3rd season but didn’t remember where, so when I got back into it in Japan I watched beginning Season 3, episode 1.

One of the shows strengths is that it has so much going on. All of the characters are so complex and interesting, and there’s a lot of main characters that they rotate through. Of course, Don Draper tends to get central focus.

I convinced my boyfriend to watch Mad Men too and he obviously began at Season 1, episode 1. I often feel like I can never get too much Mad Men, so I’ve been re-watching some episodes with him. There are so many little details and little happenings I had forgotten which made everything feel fresh and new even on the second time through. And of course it’s interesting to have knowledge of what will come and see how that relates to how characters were before. This is definitely a show with rewatchability.

My one recommendation is to watch the show with someone, whether sitting together and watching it, or watching it separately (though keeping up with each other), because it can be nice to have someone to talk about it with. I often want to talk to my boyfriend about certain happenings or character developments, but alas he’s still on season 3 and I’m on season 5, and anyone who has kept up with show knows that a LOT has changed between then.

The show is a drama, so it often tugs at your heartstrings and plays with your emotions. It’s definitely more of a deep, thinking show than entertainment, though for me being in Japan, watching anything in American English is relaxing and entertaining.

I highly recommend this drama to anyone who likes dramas or period pieces (it takes place in the early 1960s). The clothes, houses, buildings, and characters’ attitudes are definitely dated, and the show tends to tie in real historical events that are happening at the time too, which makes for a very compelling world.

I heard that it has been renewed for a 6th season, and that there will likely be a 7th season as well, which would be the last.

Check it out!


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